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Jury Issues $92 Million Verdict Under the False Claims Act Against Mortgage Companies and CEO

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas announced that a federal jury in the Southern District of Texas issued a verdict finding several related mortgage companies and their CEO liable in...more

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

In September 2016, three corporate officers in two healthcare fraud and abuse cases settled allegations that they were personally liable for violations of federal fraud and abuse laws. These settlements come one year after...more

In California, Directors Who Abstain May Still Face Liability

Section 316(a) of the California Corporations Code imposes joint and several liability on directors who approve any of the following actions...more

Exceptions to Limited Liability for LLC Members [Florida]

Fla.Stats. §605.0304(1) provides for the limited liability of LLC members - it provides: "A debt, obligation, or other liability of a limited liability company is solely the debt, obligation, or other liability of the...more

Court Holds That Fiduciary Shield Doctrine Does Not Protect A Representative From Tortious Conduct

In Ren v. ANU Res., LLC, a plaintiff sued an entity and its representatives for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and other tort claims arising from investments in oil and gas properties. No. 14-16-00035-CV, 2016...more

The Yates Memo’s Illusory “Extraordinary Circumstances” Exception

Many of us in the white collar defense bar have written and spoken about the changes wrought by the Yates Memo, but one issue not receiving much attention is the “extraordinary circumstances” exception to the Yates Memo’s...more

Directors’ Duties in the UK (England and Wales)

A director who breaches the obligations and duties imposed on him by his office may be liable to compensate the company for breach of duty, may incur personal liability for the company’s debts, may also face criminal or civil...more

4 Questions About the Yates Memo’s First Year

The release of the so-called Yates Memo in fall 2015 shook the compliance world. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates made it clear that federal regulators would look to combat corporate misconduct by “seeking...more

UK ICO recommends personal liability of directors for breaches of data protection law

At a recent Parliamentary meeting to discuss the draft Digital Economy Bill, the UK Information Commissioner recommended imposing personal liability and accountability upon company directors. If such liability is imposed, it...more

FCPA Enforcement Action Highlights Risks for the Financial Services Industry and Individual Executives

New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (the “Hedge Fund”) agreed to pay approximately $412 million to resolve charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Department of...more

Key Takeaways: Fourth Annual Seminar for Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device Companies

On October 5, 2016, Skadden hosted its Fourth Annual Seminar for Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device Companies. The seminar focused on the current and developing challenges facing such companies and included...more

Can the Corporate Veil be Pierced Against a Former Shareholder?

A recent opinion issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois reminds us that corporate veil-piercing liability is not exclusive to shareholders. Anyone who is in control of and misuses the...more

Landmark SEC Decision Cites Compliance, Diligence in Decision Not to Prosecute FCPA Violations

In a remarkable affirmation of the value of robust compliance and due-diligence programs, the Securities and Exchange Commission last month announced that it would not prosecute a U.S. company for potential violations of the...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...more

The Benefits of Using Multiple “Single-Asset” Limited Liability Companies for Investment Properties

Practicing real estate law means that I’m constantly talking with all types of clients, including large scale developers as well as individuals simply looking to do a little investing in real estate. Interestingly and...more

Trucking Company Owner Personally Liable for Whistleblower Retaliation Claim

Recent amendments to the Surface Transportation Act include a new cause of action for employees of companies engaged in interstate transportation who allege that they were fired or had other adverse action taken against them...more

Former CEO of Health System Agrees to Pay $1 Million to Settle False Claims Act Case with U.S. Department of Justice

In the most recent example of its continued effort to hold individuals accountable for corporate misconduct, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced on September 27, 2016, that the former CEO of Tuomey Healthcare...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2016

October Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The October Section 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs,...more

'Ostrich' Theory Enforces Ill-Defined Duty to Investigate Clients' Conduct

In recent years, the application of a “conscious avoidance” or “willful blindness” theory as the basis of attorneys’ liability for clients’ criminal conduct has been on the rise. In principle, this standard — commonly...more

Texas Courts' Consistent Inconsistency on Improper Joinders

Throughout the onslaught of the Texas hail litigation epidemic, policyholder lawyers and firms representing insurance carriers continue to battle over whether these cases belong in Texas state court or are more properly...more

Nevada’s Secretary of State Concatenates Veil Piercing, Indemnification And Exculpation

The Nevada Secretary of State’s website unabashedly proclaims “Nevada is the second most popular commercial filing jurisdiction in the country, due largely to our favorable business laws and low-tax environment.” The website...more

Recent FERC Settlements Demonstrate Agency’s Continued Pursuit of Individual Trader Liability—But Also Include Rare Downward...

Key Points - - FERC continues to focus on “related-position” manipulation cases—this time involving bidweek trading to influence the value of related financial positions. - FERC aggressively pursues market...more

Top Reasons CEOs Get Sued—and How to Avoid Them

It’s no secret that lawsuits can often be frivolous, and CEOs are not exempt from getting sued. The last thing your company needs is a lawsuit that could have been avoided. Whether filed by a disgruntled employee or the SEC,...more

Dismissing Lawsuits Against Owners of New York Nursing Homes

There are many state and federal statutes which provide personal liability against the owners of businesses that are operated through corporate or other legal forms such as Limited Liability Company’s (“LLC’s”). One such...more

Litigation Alert: The Sixth Circuit Expands Potential Federal Wiretap Act Liability for Developers and Sellers of Cloud-Based...

Last week, the Sixth Circuit expanded potential liability for violations of the Federal Wiretap Act for manufacturers of devices that can be used for wiretapping, like monitoring software, in reversing the dismissal of a...more

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